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December 10, 2015

Lake Monona Where Otis Redding’s Plane Crashed Is In Madison Wisconsin

by James R. Yarbrough

Note for Otis Blog Posts 2-5-16

There have been several books and hundreds, if not thousands, of article written about the  plane crash that took the lives of Otis Redding, members of the Barkays and of course the pilot. And there has been a consistent misunderstanding of exactly where the plane crashed. It is widely known that it was in Lake Monona. The confusion is, where is Lake Monona. No, it is not outside of Madison. Lake Monona is in Madison, Wisconsin and is one of four other lakes that call Madison home; I do as well. Otis’ plane crashed into Squaw Bay of the lake. So enjoy this little slide show of, what else, Lake Monona. It is short, but impressive. The Otis Redding Memorial is on the roof garden of the Monona Terrace Convention Center that is on the shore of Lake Monona. Oh, and just for the record, I live near Lake Mendota, the largest of our lakes.

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